Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013 Sakura Season in Tokyo


Tokyo Metro 02 series goes by a full-blown Sakura tree near Ochanomizu Station

One week has passed since the Meteorological Agency of Japan declared that the cherry (Sakura) blossoms had bloomed in Tokyo. So far, it has been really predictable. Most of the Sakura trees are fully blossomed. The other day, I went for a stroll around the office during my lunch time break. My favorite area to walk is around the railway tracks in the central part of Tokyo.

Look at the top photo. It is a full-blown Sakura tree along the Subway, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. As I mentioned before (see my blog on July 15th, 2011), the EMU 02 series, comes upward above the ground, and passes through the Kanda River near Ochanomizu Station. It's a very rare sight, where we can see the subway trains running above the ground in the center of Tokyo. The full-blown light-pink-colored Sakura and the red colored train create a beautiful contrast against this rare railway site.

The following picture is also a full-blown Sakura tree and a train. The EMU JR East 233 series goes by a Sakura tree, and passes through the Nihonbashi River near Suidobashi Station on the Chuo Line. We can see many Sakura trees, which extend and overhang their branches to the river water. The full-blown light-pink-colored Sakura and the orange colored train create a beautiful contrast against this urban riverside.

In this period, the city of Tokyo is filled with full-bloomed light-pink-colored Sakura. After a long cold winter, we, Tokyoites are enjoying the best season of the year.

EMU JR East 233 series goes by a full-blown Sakura tree near Suidobashi Station